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36 Recent and Upcoming YA Debuts to Discover

"There's something so special about each class of debut YA authors; after all, young adult fiction is all about the hopefulness of new beginnings and finding your place in the world! And for readers, supporting a first-time author can lead to a rewarding years-long relationship filled with many more stellar books. Now that's what we call a win-win.
We took a peek at our data to find out which debut YA books from the second half of 2021 you should add to your Want to Read shelf. Some of these titles are already the buzziest books around, while others are still flying a bit more under the radar. But they all share an average rating of 3.5 stars or above from early readers, and they were all penned by authors writing young adult fiction for the first time."
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The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass)
The Taking of Jake Livingston (Ryan Douglass)
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Iron Widow (Xiran Jay Zhao)
Iron Widow (Xiran Jay Zhao)
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The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould)
The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould)
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How We Fall Apart (Katie  Zhao)
How We Fall Apart (Katie Zhao)
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5
Dark and Shallow Lies (Ginny Myers Sain)
Dark and Shallow Lies (Ginny Myers Sain)
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The Witch Haven (Sasha Peyton Smith)
The Witch Haven (Sasha Peyton Smith)
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Where It All Lands (Jennie Wexler)
Where It All Lands (Jennie Wexler)
8
The Devil Makes Three (Tori Bovalino)
The Devil Makes Three (Tori Bovalino)
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Not Here to Be Liked (Michelle Quach)
Not Here to Be Liked (Michelle Quach)
10
To Break a Covenant (Alison Ames)
To Break a Covenant (Alison Ames)
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The Corpse Queen (Heather M.Herrman)
The Corpse Queen (Heather M.Herrman)
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Bad Witch Burning (Jessica Lewis)
Bad Witch Burning (Jessica Lewis)
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13
You & Me at the End of the World (Brianna Bourne)
You & Me at the End of the World (Brianna Bourne)
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Fresh (Margot Wood)
Fresh (Margot Wood)
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Your Life Has Been Delayed (Michelle I. Mason)
Your Life Has Been Delayed (Michelle I. Mason)
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Forestborn (Elayne Audrey Becker)
Forestborn (Elayne Audrey Becker)
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A Dragonbird in the Fern (Laura Rueckert)
A Dragonbird in the Fern (Laura Rueckert)
18
Strange Gods (Alison Kimble)
Strange Gods (Alison Kimble)
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Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things (Margie Fuston)
Vampires, Hearts, and Other Dead Things (Margie Fuston)
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A Dark and Starless Forest (Sarah Hollowell)
A Dark and Starless Forest (Sarah Hollowell)
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21
Both Sides Now (Peyton Thomas)
Both Sides Now (Peyton Thomas)
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Kneel (Candace Buford)
Kneel (Candace Buford)
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Brown Boy Nowhere (Sheeryl Lim)
Brown Boy Nowhere (Sheeryl Lim)
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Me (Moth) (Amber McBride)
Me (Moth) (Amber McBride)
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You've Reached Sam (Dustin Thao)
You've Reached Sam (Dustin Thao)
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Beasts of Prey (Ayana Gray)
Beasts of Prey (Ayana Gray)
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Within These Wicked Walls (Lauren Blackwood)
Within These Wicked Walls (Lauren Blackwood)
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Jade Fire Gold (June CL Tan)
Jade Fire Gold (June CL Tan)
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29
The Keeper of the Night (Kylie Lee Baker)
The Keeper of the Night (Kylie Lee Baker)
30
Crossbones (Kimberly Vale)
Crossbones (Kimberly Vale)
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Lakesedge Book 1 (Lyndall Clipstone)
Lakesedge Book 1 (Lyndall Clipstone)
32
Skin of the Sea (Natasha Bowen)
Skin of the Sea (Natasha Bowen)
33
City of Shattered Light (Claire Winn)
City of Shattered Light (Claire Winn)
34
Daughters of a Dead Empire (Carolyn Tara O'neil)
Daughters of a Dead Empire (Carolyn Tara O'neil)
35
The Reckless Kind (Carly Heath)
The Reckless Kind (Carly Heath)
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Spin Me Right Round (David Valdes)
Spin Me Right Round (David Valdes)
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